Friday 18 November 2016

2016 #22 Tiled Frame {by Ruth Mescall}

2016 Topic 22: Alcohol Inks and Pens

Hi everyone Ruth here this evening to share a post with you where I've used alcohol inked acrylic tiles to provide a background that makes the bright white images of Darcy's stamps just pop. Every time I use alcohol inks I think I should play with them more often, I just love the vibrant colours and effects they produce. 

I've created a tiled frame and chose to use tiles for a few reasons. I'm drawn to geometric designs so there is something very satisfying about fitting different sizes and shapes into a square frame, it also meant I could use lots of different colours and images. Darcy's designs work so well with this technique as they are bold enough to show up when embossed whilst having the detail which isn't lost on the small tiles.

Step One: I had a hardboard recessed frame and before I did any painting or inking I placed the tiles in a pleasing arrangement and took a picture for reference. It left a small space which I could pop a word into later.

Step Two: I used ink colours too numerous to mention but stuck to colour families for the tiles. Applying ink in the usual way with a felt applicator I covered the surface of the tile and once dry added more. I also used alcohol Ink blending solution on some of them. The picture shows the tiles turned over ready for stamping.

Step Three: I painted the frame with a mixture of fresco finish snowflake paint and fresco finish pearl glaze to give a subtle shimmer. Once dry I repeat stamped the flower spray from EDY09 in versamark ink and then heat embossed the images with a sparkling white embossing powder.


Step Four: Next I had fun choosing the images, I used images from EDY09, EDY11 and EDY13 and heat embossed them in the same way as the previous step. It takes a bit of care as you need to emboss them from further away to avoid melting the acrylic tile. 


Step Five: Once cool, I adhered them with a thin spread of glossy accents, it allows a little bit of time for moving them into place.

Step Six: To finish I used a word from one of the phrases to stamp onto tissue in blue archival ink and then glue in place with matte medium. I always think heat embossing is magical so ‘magic’ seemed the right word to complete the frame.

I used sparkly embossing powder as I thought it would give a frosty feel and could be adapted for Christmas projects but metallics or black would also work well.

Instead of stamping on the front you could also try stamping in black on the back or inked part of the tile. If you use archival on the inked surface and then wipe the stamped image away it will give a subtle ghost image but there are lots of ways to play with ink on transparent surfaces and I hope you might be inspired to have some inky fun and join in with the challenge.

Fabulous Ruth, great techniques. The final piece does look all magical and snowy, like snippets from a garden taken just after a snowfall. I love seeing just parts of stamps used, it always looks interesting. ~Darcy

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Helen said...

What beautiful tiles!!

Craftyfield said...

I do like the tiles and the arrangement in a frame. It makes a lovely d├ęcor piece!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely beautiful home decor piece Ruth, I love the different colour families of alcohol ink and the white embossing of Darcy's lovely stamps. A perfect project,

Lucy x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow this is fabulous Ruth - such gorgeous depth of colour with the alcohol inks which showcase the stamps beautifully. Wonderful! Jennie x

Lauren Hatwell said...

SO beautiful! Lx

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Gorgeous project Ruth, the colours are so vibrant yet the piece as a whole has a calmness to it, Fab X

Annie said...

Another wonderful project idea Ruth x I have these tiles and never thought to use them in this way. The heat embossing is so effective and the stamps are perfect for using in this way. Love it!!!
TFS and best wishes
Annie x

Jackie PN said...

Fabulous make Ruth! Love your design as well as the stamped images you chose!

Suzie B said...

I love this technique beautiful piece of art

Etsuko said...

Beautiful project, great works the alcohol inks and white embossing. xx

Courtney said...

These are beautiful! I'm looking forward to trying this technique soon! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :)

Craftychris said...

These tiles are absolutely beautiful! The finished frame is stunning! xxx

craftytrog said...

Fantastic project Ruth! I love those colourful tiles, very inspiring!
Alison xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Very inspiring and now makes me want to go and dig my alcohol inks out of deep storage!
Donna xx

Hazel Agnew said...

A fabulous display Ruth. Love the colours and balance and composition are perfect. Showcases Darcy's designs beautifully. Xx

Julie Lee said...

Such a beautiful project. It looks immediately eye-catching and goes so perfectly with these stamps. xx

Kirsten said...

That is gorgeous! A beautiful piece of art.